Horseback riding for the first time can be a ton of fun, but it is also takes some getting used to. Before you come to visit our Pigeon Forge horseback riding stables, check out this list of tips to help you ride like a pro in no time.
1. Sit up straight in the saddle.
Some first time riders feel nervous in the saddle, so they have a tendency to slouch down and curl up. This is a bad idea, because incorrect posture can throw off your balance while you ride. Instead, try to stay relaxed and sit up straight.
(See Related: How to Sit in the Saddle)
2. Firmly grip the reins.
When you have loose hands, the reins can slide right through your fingers. To keep your grip firm, close your fingers on the reins and keep your thumbs up.
3. Don’t hug the horse too tightly with your legs.
If you clench your horse too rightly with your upper or lower leg it transmits tension to your horse. Try to loosen up a bit and let your leg hangs down with your weight in your heels.
4. Keep your elbows at your side.
Riders who raise their elbows up can have difficulty balancing and cuing their horse. Elbows should always be at your side and your hands should be at hip level.
5. Don’t jam your feet too far in the stirrup.
Beginning riders often ram their feet too far into the stirrups. This can be really uncomfortable, and if you’re not wearing the right boots your feet could get stuck! Instead, make sure the the balls of your feet are comfortable resting in the tread of the stirrup.
When you visit our Pigeon Forge horseback riding stables, our knowledgeable staff will be there to help you every step of the way. We will lead you on an unforgettable guided trail ride through our stunning 70 acre nature park in the Great Smoky Mountains. Five Oaks Riding Stables is currently open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and beginning in March we will offer horseback rides seven days a week. Visit our Reservations page to book your next visit, or give us a call at (888) 353-4986.